After reading history at the University of Cambridge, Julian has had a long and impressive career relating to the themes and issues explored throughout this trip. He is the Development Officer at the Battlefields Trust, an experienced battlefields guide, an author of a number of books on English battles and a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine. Julian’s input aims to enhance and develop your understanding of this fascinating subject and exciting period of history.
Dr Richard Buckley OBE is a graduate in archaeology from the Universities of Durham and Leicester and has spent over 30 years working as an archaeologist in Leicester, specialising in complex Roman and medieval urban sites and historic buildings. He was lead archaeologist from the University of Leicester on the 'Search for Richard' project.
Tour Manager - Mike Ingram
Mike Ingram is a medieval historian, author and lecturer. He regularly leads tours around medieval battlefields and is also chairman of the Northampton Battlefields Society. His book Battle Story: Bosworth 1485 was published in 2012.
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On the final day, return to the hotel is usually at about 4-5 pm. It is difficult to advise accurate timings as this can vary from one day to another due to traffic conditions, the size and mobility of the group or other factors. But we normally aim to finish no later than 5pm to allow clients a reasonable amount of time to get home.
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LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
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Full details can be found in the detailed itinerary
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Located three miles from Leicester city centre, the four-star Hilton Leicester Hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, cafe, indoor pool and fitness centre. Complimentary car parking for Travel Editions clients is available at the hotel.
Hilton Leicester Hotel Website
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Leicester from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception followed by a private dinner with wine. After dinner, your guide Julian Humphrys will set the scene looking at the turbulent events leading up to the end of Richard III's short reign as the last Plantagenet King.
Day 2: First visit is to Leicester Cathedral where you will see the new tomb of Richard III. Afterwards, we visit the new Richard III Visitor Centre and exhibition. The museum tells the story of the King’s life and times in a medieval England, wracked by decades of fighting in the Wars of The Roses. You will be able to discover the story behind Richard’s rise to power as the last Plantagenet King and the reforms he made during his short reign. Another floor covers his betrayal and dramatic death at the battle of Bosworth, and finally the rediscovery of his long lost remains. After lunch in the city (not included) it’s on to Bosworth Visitor Centre. This museum gives an insight into medieval life through film, displays and artefacts. Next we visit the actual battlefield with commentary by your guides from the coach, as we travel around key locations. After dinner, Richard Buckley gives a talk on the Discovery of the remains of Richard III - ‘The King under the Carpark - Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for Richard III’.
Day 3: This morning we visit Fotheringhay Castle where Richard was born in 1452. The castle is a late 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by Simon de Senlis. In 1377 Granted to Edmund of Langley he largely rebuilt it, and later it became a royal palace of the Dukes of York. The castle remained a royal possession until 1603 and was the place of execution for Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587. Subsequently destroyed almost entirely in 1630, its stone was used partly to build the Talbot Inn in Oundle. The grass mound that remains offers lovely views of the Nene Valley. The church of St Mary and All Saints predates Richard III, having been completed in 1430 and is an impressive building with flying buttresses and dominates the beautiful village of Fotheringhay, lined with ancient and beautiful stone-built houses and cottages. A private light lunch (included) is organised at nearby Prebendal Manor which dates back to the 13th Century and is the earliest surviving dwelling in Northamptonshire. Alan Titchmarsh described the garden as the finest example of a recreated medieval garden. Prebendal is just one of a group of historical buildings on this site; near the manor are a 16th century dovecote, a 15th century guest lodging, and a large 18th century tithe barn. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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